30 June, 2016 - NME.com
The London studio where Pink Floyd recorded part of ‘The Wall’ is to be converted into flats.
Britannia Row in Islington was used to record all of the band’s 1977 album ‘Animals’ as well as parts of ‘The Wall’ two years later and ‘The Division Bell’ in 1994.
It was owned by all four members of Pink Floyd, before drummer Nick Mason assumed full ownership in the wake of Roger Waters’ departure from the band.
Eventually, Mason moved Britannia Row’s recording equipment several miles away to Fulham before selling it to commercial building manager Consortia in the early 1990s.
Consortia continued to hire out Britannia Row as a studio, with Page And Plant recording their 1998 album ‘Walking Into Clarksdale’ there. It can be seen in the video for their single 'My Bucket's Got A Hole In It'.
Others to use the studio include Manic Street Preachers, Pete Doherty, Kylie, Sugababes, The Streets, Bjork, Richard Ashcroft, Supergrass and The Charlatans.
Housed in a Victorian warehouse, the building manager has been given approval by Islington Council to turn Britannia Row into luxury rental space. This will include two floors of flats, but the council said they didn’t want the whole of the building to be given over to residential space. Councillor Martin Klute told The Islington Tribune: “We have lost a huge amount of small business space because developers can make mucb more money converting spaces into residential.”